Wow! i finally finished book 5. I'm listening to you tube recordings of the songs as i write this, so if i suddenly burst into song, bear with me:)
Wh...moreWow! i finally finished book 5. I'm listening to you tube recordings of the songs as i write this, so if i suddenly burst into song, bear with me:)
What a story. It's kind of like panning for gold, you have to slug thru some long chapters of French warfare, the french sewer system etc. to get to the actual story. But it only makes the story more valuable.
I didn't realize that the Thenardiers show up all thru-out the story. They are left out of a lot in the musical version. I felt so sorry for Eponine, loving Marius and not having his love in return. I loved Valjean's transformation from a thief- he stole from a child after he left prison, just for the fun of it. So he was more than a bread-for-his-family kind of thief. After 20 years in prison, he was a strong man, harboring lots of anger for the society that bred him. He was unable to eat in taverns because after showing his prison passport, people didn't want to serve him- even tho he could pay. Then a kindly priest gives him the silver he stole. And Valjean changes not only his life but by becoming the owner of a factory, turns the people of the town into employed workers earning money for their families.
Fantine, the lover of a university student, thinks that she has her future made until he and his friends take off leaving her with a child and no income to support herself. She travels to find a job at Valjean's factory and sends money to the Thenardiers who are taking care of her child. She refuses the advances of the factory foreman, gets outed that she has a child and is turned out of the factory. After prostituting herself, she comes across the path of Valjean. Valjean listens to her story but it is too little, too late. Fantine is dying. Valjean promises to find Fantine's daughter and raise her. | Unfortunately, Valjeans peaceful life is about to be disrupted as he hears of a trial where another man is being condemned because the police think he is Valjean. He must make a choice, keep his identity a secret and let the man falsely go to jail or go to the trial and expose who he is.
Even tho i knew the ending of the story, i still cried at the end. A book to make one think about society and the responsibiities we all have towards everyone else.
A quick and easy read and some rather interesting questions posed by the authors. I found it interesting and informative. The author explains how he c...moreA quick and easy read and some rather interesting questions posed by the authors. I found it interesting and informative. The author explains how he created a program that can tell if teachers are cheating by answering their students' standardized tests. How do baby names become popular? This book answers that question too. Not sure i agree with his proposal that crime rates went down because abortion was legalized. (less)
This book is much like the movie. A quick read. Makes you feel sorry for the kids who are the collateral damage of this type of lifestyle. It is inter...moreThis book is much like the movie. A quick read. Makes you feel sorry for the kids who are the collateral damage of this type of lifestyle. It is interesting that it is made out that Nan was fired because she didn't capitulate on missing her own graduation. However, i think that really, Mrs. X noticed that her son was becoming attached to his nanny, which then ousts her from the covetted role of 'Mother'. She doesn't want to do the time, but she DOES want to take the credit and get all the perks. Why do i think this? Because she and Grayer aren't allowed to say goodbye, and neither were Grayer and Caitlin. This takes Mrs. X out of the flighty-just- don't- know- how- to- parent- socialite and drops her center stage as definately culpable for how much therapy Grayer will need in the future.(less)
Good story of what it's like growing up in a cult. How her life was taken over by it; the mind controlling and behavior controlling aspects of a leade...moreGood story of what it's like growing up in a cult. How her life was taken over by it; the mind controlling and behavior controlling aspects of a leader with a following. However she neglects to document her process of fitting into the world after she makes the break. How did she get to being a college teacher? She barely finished high school. What did she have to learn? How did her relationships with her family change or not? These would have been interesting questions to have answered. Hence the 3. Excellent readability. Detailed info re the cult itself.(less)